The Mystique of the Sexy Traveller
Looking for someone who travels? Check out any dating site - whether you're looking for a guy or gal, the object of your affection will invariably say that they either love to travel or they are looking for someone who does. While "actually looking like your photo" and being gainfully "employed" will usually rank higher, an "interest in travel" floats pretty close to the top of the list of desirable traits in a partner.
Sure, being a hodophile might do wonders for your online profile, but would you really want to form a romance with someone consumed by wanderlust and obsessed with exploring the globe? Before you sign up for e-Harmony in search for that perfect traveling soul-mate of yours, there are a few things you should know about attaching yourself to a traveller.
We're transient. It comes with the territory - we float in and out of people's lives. We're there at the bar regaling stories of trekking through the Amazon, buying drinks and having fun one week, and we're gone the next. We miss things like weddings and birthdays and births themselves. We'll be back of course – but no one's grip is ever strong enough to keep us from leaving again.
We're brooders. You know that distant, far away look that sees right through you? The one that makes you feel like you're Bella in Twilight? Yep, it's mysterious and spiritual alright - but it's not necessarily you we're thinking about. Instead we're lost in the moment musing over a memory of tango dancing in the La Boca district of Buenos Aires, or perhaps wishing we were sipping sangria and eating tapas in the gothic quarter of Barcelona. Either way, we're seeing past you and not into the depths of your soul as you most assuredly deserve.
We're insufferable. We're plagued by a subconscious desire to one up everyone's travel tales with a more exotic one of our own. You got held up at US customs? Well, I got strip-searched while on assignment in Zambia. You saw an amazing sunset while horseback riding in Cabo? Well, I was awoken by an uzi carrying bodyguard at 3 AM just for a chance to see the sunrise over the pyramids while riding a camel in the Sahara with gunfire echoing across the dunes.
We're complainers. We don't favor the local Thai restaurant because "the food tasted way better in Chiang Mai". We moan because the local spirits store doesn't stock the Andechs Klosterbräu beer we were drinking in Berlin. Nothing at home is as good as it was overseas - not even ourselves.
We're boring. If you're unfortunate enough to get stuck next to us at dinner, you'll know all about it. Our adventurous spirit often presents itself in tales of our exploits to anyone within earshot, which means lots of stories that start with, "This one time, when I was in...", and then don't really seem to go anywhere. Or, even more agonizingly, get mixed up with each other, then have to be painstakingly re-enacted with forks, wine bottles and toothpicks as props.
We're a bit miserly. Travellers focus their financial goals on one thing: travel. It comes at the expense of things like careers and cars and houses with picket fences. We often see purchases in terms of camera gear, hotel accommodations or plane tickets - as in, let's put off renovating the kitchen - we could pop over to the French Riviera for that price where we could make reservations instead of an un-amusing bouche whipped up in an newly gadgeted kitchen.
We're snobs. We scoff when we hear the words, "cruise," "all-inclusive" or "resort." Our travels are not part-and-parcel of buffet dinners, all-you-can-drink beach bars, and itineraries written up by someone more interested in antiquing than bungee jumping. We insist that our exploits be hard won and our adventures as something that should never be spoon fed. We want to remember our days on earth in triumphant photographs atop of Your truly on top of Mt. Kili Kilimanjaro, and memorialized in the rewarding ache of muscles at the end of a long day's hike. If that's not for you then, phfffttt.
If you're still interested in travellers, then you're a dreamer, just like us. You deserve a life of adventure and possibility. You deserve to live free of encumbrance and embrace simplicity. You deserve to look at life through the eyes of an ingenue with your arms wide open. Because this is where you will find joy. And better, you will find joy together, because dreams are the stuff reality is made from, mystique be damned.
Hi Michael, I saw your photos are gorgeous. I read your article, you have a sense of humor and I think you're a ten guy. Good luck and take care.
Michael, U are as gifted articulately as you are with photography and adventure...Bungee Jumping O MY! Great storytelling. I WANNA GO!!! smiles ;-) Susan
HaHa - I think you've tried to use reverse psychology on us - I was all ready to date you until I read the last part. Oh well, nice post and great pics anyway!
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